Archive for May 13th, 2008

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

When the Yankees were searching for pitching last season they took a chance and looked within the organization and called-up Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy.

Perhaps they’ll following a similar path this year in the wake of poor starts by Kennedy and Phil Hughes and call up Daniel McCutchen. The 26-year-old righty has been drawing a lot of attention to himself this season with a 2.15 ERA and 43 strikeouts over 46 innings for double-A Trenton.

McCutchen is more of a power pitcher who relies on a good fastball and strong splitter to attack hitters.

“My fastball is about 93-90 mph,” said McCutchen. “I have a split-change that I throw a lot and that I rely on a lot. My hard curveball is about 81 mph, and I throw a changeup about 83 mph which has good sink.”

Being older than most double-A players, McCutchen says he expects to move through the rather quickly.

“I’m about …

Yankees Rumors & News

The fist pump. It’s been talked about ad nauseam on talk radio since the start of the season. Yanks’ reliever Joba Chamberlain seems to have taken the celebratory first pump to a whole new level, bringing it out of the ninth inning and transplanting it into the 8th, adding a little spin, and a primal howl. Joba is surprisingly nimble out there for a man of his girth. It’s fearsome, it really is. Not to mention immature and bush league, according to Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Rich “Goose” Gossage. Said Goose:

“There’s no place for it in the game…I’m old school, I’m sorry…I didn’t see [Dellucci] celebrating when he hit the home run.”

Gossage is referring to a game-winning pinch-hit home run that the Indian’s David Dellucci hit off Joba last Tuesday. Two days later, Joba struck out Dellucci and punctuated the ‘K’ with his patented dance routine on the mound.

“It is what it is,” said Dellucci at the time. …

Nelson Peeved At Nats’ Girlie Antics

Mets Rumors & News

Nelson Figueroa’s spot in the rotation may be on life support, but not for lack of competitive fire. The Figman allowed 6 runs in 5 innings of work last night and has raised his ERA from a mediocre 4.08 to a hideous 5.12 in the course of two starts. After the game, however, Nelson was less concerned with his pitching line than with the impromptu pep rally that Nats’ outfielder Elijah Dukes staged from the Washington dugout during the third inning. Said Figueroa:

“They were cheerleading in the dugout like a bunch of softball girls. I’m a professional, just like anybody else. I take huge offense to that. If that’s what a last-place team needs to do to fire themselves up, so be it. I think you need to show a little bit more class, a little bit more professionalism. They won tonight, but again, in the long run, they are who they are…Even for the manager and the coaching staff to let that …

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